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The Best Cities For Raising A Family
No. 7 Boise, ID
The high-tech industry has become increasingly important to Boise over the years, though the economy remains diversified with its government and business sectors continuing to be strong influences. The city is home to Boise State University as well as a wide range of technical schools. University of Idaho and Idaho State University each maintain a satellite campus in Boise. Boise is also a regional hub for jazz and theater, with the Gene Harris Jazz Festival hosted by the city annually. The city is also home to a number of museums, including the Boise Art Museum, Idaho Historical Museum, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center and Idaho Black History Museum. Downtown Boise features a vibrant section known as the “”Basque Block”” representative of the second largest ethnic Basque community in the U.S.
Not an economic juggernaut, but incomes and cost of living balance out as comparable. Families enjoy an outdoor lifestyle where mountain biking and kayaking are minutes away even if you live downtown. High school quality and low crime (Boise ranks in the top five in both) complete the picture.
At a Glance
Metro Population: 650,400
Major Industries: Technology, Tourism, Mining, Farming
Gross Metro Product: $26.5 B
Median Household Income: $51,072
Median Home Price: $162,800
Job Growth (2013): 3.3%
Cost of Living: 7% below nat’l avg
College Attainment: 29.7%